Archive for 2012

Information Circular No 36/2012: Extension of Croke Park Agreement

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

PDFORRA has been invited to engage in a talks process on the possible extension of the current Croke Park Agreement.  The invitation has also been issued to the Public Services Committee of the ICTU and it is expected that the main talks will commence in January or February 2013. The Government’s opening position is that […]

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PDFORRA Challenge Ombudsman Appointment

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

PDFORRA have brought a High Court challenge to the appointment of a former Army Officer to the position of Ombudsman for the Defence Forces.  It is the position of the Association that it is inappropriate that any person who formerly served as a member of the Permanent Defence Force occupy the office of Ombudsman.  The […]

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Value for Money (VFM) Review of the Reserve Defence Force and Reorganisation of the Reserve Defence Force

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The Minister for Defence has accepted the recommendations of A Value for Money (VFM) Review of the Reserve Defence Force The Reserve Defence Force is comprised of the First Line Reserve, the Army Reserve (formerly an FCÁ) and the Naval Service Reserve (formerly an Slua Muirí).  The Minister has also accepted the proposed re-organisation of […]

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PDFORRA’s Address to the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday 18th of October 2012

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

On Thursday 18th October 2012, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had a positive and productive engagement with PDFORRA at a meeting in Leinster House on allowances paid to members of the Defence Forces.  PDFORRA were represented at this important meeting byGerry Rooney our General Secretary and Simon Devereux the Association’s Deputy General Secretary. The General […]

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Information Circular No 30/2012 – Outcome of the Review of Public Service Allowances and Premium Payments

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

The Department of Public Service and Reform recently published their review of Public Service Allowances and Premium Payments.  The following changes are proposed for the Defence Sector: Proposed Allowances to be Abolished for New Beneficiaries:        It is proposed that the following allowances paid to members of the Defence Forces will NOT be paid to new […]

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Information Circular No 29/2012 – Clarification of TI 5/2004 – Leaving Certificate

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Following recent enquiries from members regarding the payment of fees for Leaving Certificate exams, registration and exam correction, Military C&A have confirmed the following: 1.         That while the TI is silent on the matter of costs NO provision is made in DDFT’s budget for payment of fees.  2.         That this fact has been promulgated to […]

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Information Circular No 28/2012 – Pay Section Request for Details of Lost Allowances

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

SPS recently sought information from Units regarding the details of allowances that would be lost by personnel as a result of the re-organisation of the army from 3 to 2 brigades. This matter has been clarified in discussions with the Department.  The Department has confirmed that the document will be amended and the reference to […]

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Information Circular No 27/2012 – Update on Promotion Competitions

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Discussions on the essential qualifications for appointments as outlined in Annex XYZ have concluded.  This will allow the promotion competitions that have been finalised to commence and, in pursuit of this position, it is now expected that the Order of Merits will be issued from next week.  Offers of promotion will commence after the issuing […]

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Information Circular No 26/2012 – Technician Pay, Pensionable Allowances and Pre Discharge Leave

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Members have sought clarification of the pension implications of the loss of pensionable allowances and technician pay while personnel are on pre-discharge leave immediately prior to discharge.  The following clarification does not apply to un-established technician pay and allowances. The position is that under the Defence Forces Pension Schemes members are deemed to have been […]

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Information Circular No 25/2012 – Technician Pay & Allowances On Re-Organisation

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Following discussions with PDFORRA the Military Authorities will shortly issue ADMINO 02/12 regarding the implementation of the Defence Forces Re-organisation Plan 2012.  The document will specifically provide for the retention of border allowance in accordance with the Adjudicator’s finding of 28th August 2009.  The assignment process provides, where possible, for the assignment of members to […]

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